Pulse has an absolutely phenominal bass wave clip as one of the actresses goes into a IT shop sever room. It'll put a sub into distress. It brought a procella 18" 8-10k subwoofer system to its knees. But it sounds most impressive. Andrew, make sure you have a HPF in place on the captivator pair for that pulse scene if you use it.
20-30 seconds is for music clips. Movie clips should shoot for about 1 minute in my experience. It works pretty well. Here are a couple examples of the music clip lists we used in 2011 and 2012 at KC meets.
2012 - http://kiwi6.com/file/vo80ks3b34
2011 - http://kiwi6.com/file/28ub13rh6w
The source above was recompressed - not ideal for sound quality - but required to get it on that hosting site. I used the original mp3s at my meet.
I'd try to use one subwoofer frequency sweep as a clip -- that says a lot right about a contestant right there.
Music at 10 minutes would probably be ideal.
I used freeware called MPTrim to cut up MP3s because it doesn't alter the original file compression or sound quality - it simply picks start stop points and cuts off the extra.
As for movie clips: Obviously have them all queued on a playlist that is simply a push play and walk away. No way you want to be exchanging disks. In the 2011 meet we just used a scubasteve disc, but in reality many of his clips are too long for this type of meet. There are several people on this forum with short demo movie clips in mkv or m2ts format. I have a lot, Pennynike1 has a lot, DesertDome has a lot to name a few --- then of course there are the ScubaSteve and SuperLeo demo disks. Use DVDFab and TSMuxor to make your own blue ray clips. I can walk you through the process.
Keep in mind that you will be watching these clips 1x for every entry. if they are too long it'll be a snooze fest quickly. In 2011 we had 8 subs. We had one song that was a minute long. We all heard what we needed in 15 seconds on that clip and by the end it was like ughh - this song again. Same with movie clips. 2 minutes of Master and Commander, or 4 minutes of the War of the Worlds scene makes you want to scream after a long day. Fast paced keeps people's attention and keeps the material fresh and anticipated.
I can tell you some things NOT to do from bobbled experiences.
1) don't use disks - HTPC is best.
2) don't let people think they will edit or submit the clips the day of. Have your material, HTPC ect setup in advance and absolutely all kinks worked out
Things TO do
1) Draft up a scoresheet in advance
2) Determine in advance how you will run the seating arrangements (do you swap places? do you keep the same places? do you raffle sweet spots?
3) Collect money from people at entrance to pay for food/drinks. Walk up to people and request it or you won't get it (if that matters) ATTENDEES BRING CASH if Andrew requests some sort of re-imbursement for food/drinks.
4) have a couple remotes possibly. A universal to hand to people for volume control (if you decide not to use a static volume), and the actual device remote to quickly make AVR setting changes as necessary.
5) determine if balanced fair meet with EQ is your goal, or if fun informal listening and random volumes based on sub capability is your goal.
For what it's worth we had fun at the 2011 meet letting each owner man the volume control on his own subs. That was fantastic memories to be sure. People only took their subs as far as they felt they could -- others said screw it and took it too far (chirpie I'm looking at both you and --- ha me.) -- much to the shagrin of the group. It's fun egging people on, or saying ouch hold up man...etc. It's more informal goofing off that way -- keeps it fun and different with each audition. In my opinion those random volume control meets have been the most fun of the six meets I've been to.
All of these are just suggestions - since you asked. ha. I don't care how you do it. These are simply ideas that I've found worked for our meets in the past.Edited by Archaea - 8/22/12 at 4:36pm